WINNIPEG, MB — The Manitoba Moose were once again haunted by there lack of goal scoring as they lost a tough one to the Bakersfield Condors by a score of 2-1. The Moose outplayed the Condors and deserved a better fate, something that has become all to familiar with this young team who just seems to be gripping there sticks much too tight on most nights.
Tonight, the Moose were beat by a solid goaltending performance by Laurent Brossoit, who stopped 32 of 33 shots picking up the win and also nabbing the game’s first star award.
Not to be outdone was Moose goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who has been the best player for the Moose on many nights, suffered yet another tough one goal loss. He stopped 28 of 30 shots.
Nic Petan, who was recently sent down to the Moose from the Winnipeg Jets where he was getting low minutes playing in a fourth line role, made an immediate impact as he registered his first point on an assist Brenden Kichton’s third goal of the season. Petan seems to be the offensive spark that this team has been missing. Indications are that he is going to get his minutes on this team and will be playing center, rather than the wing. He showed some flashes and will be fun to watch for the Moose.
The Condors, who are struggling to get back into the top 8 in the Western Conference, got goals from Mitch Moroz and Alexis Loiseau, who got his 1st of the year.
The line of Chase De Leo, Joel Armia and JC Lipon combined for 15 shots and had a ton of great chances and controlling the play down in the Condors zone almost every time they were on the ice. If they continue to dominate like they did Friday night, this will be a fun line to watch as the Moose move forward.
These same two teams will go at it again on Sunday afternoon, where the Moose will look for a better result.
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